NJ Court OKs Teacher Firing Over Facebook Insults

Law360, New York (January 11, 2013, 6:42 PM EST) -- A New Jersey appeals court on Friday upheld a decision firing a tenured first-grade teacher who allegedly wrote derogatory remarks about her students on Facebook, saying the First Amendment doesn't protect her posts.

Former Paterson, N.J., schoolteacher Jennifer O'Brien said the termination decision issued by the acting commissioner of education improperly rejected her argument that her comments addressed a matter of public concern, but the appeals court disagreed, saying the school's interest in maintaining a peaceful and orderly school overrode her right of expression.

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